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How To Make Panini Lunch with Panini Press in 10 Minutes

Updated on March 14, 2011

Sandwich Queen

I love to cook; I love to try new recipes. But I don’t have patience to cook on an everyday basis. Especially now, when my son is out in college and my mother likes just simple food. So, what is the best and easiest decision?

Yep, sandwiches! I like to make and I can make good sandwiches, with whatever is there in my refrigerator.

But my sandwich making skills went to another level after I bought a simple Hamilton Beach Panini maker.

Panino singular; Panini plural

The word "panino" [pa'ni:no] is Italian (literally meaning small bread roll), with the plural panini. "Panini" is often used in a singular sense by speakers of English and French, as for "salami" (Italian plural for salame), and pluralised for simplicity into "paninis".

The difference between a panino and a regular sandwich, is that bread is grilled with ridges, and the sandwich ingredients melt and fuse together, giving a delicious flavor to any combination of foods. Panini are easy to make, and can be made with any variety of food desired. Served with a salad, or soup, a panino can make a complete, fast, and healthy meal, eaten any time of the day, depending on what you add to the middle of the bread.

Paninaro

In Italy in 80s restaurants of fast food were Panini making restaurants.

It seems to me healthier than hamburgers, what do you think?.

One of such restaurants, Al Panini (At the Sandwich)

was a place of birth of an Italian subculture.

Pet Shop Boys- Paninaro. An original version, shot in Milan, Italy in 1986. Its 1995 reissue is the same great dance music, but absolutely diverted video

Reuben

8 slices sourdough bread,

½ lb prepared corned beef divided into 4 servings

½ cup sauerkraut

4 slices Swiss cheese

Olive oil

Preheat Panini press. Spread olive oil on one side of each slice of bread. Place 4 slices of bread, oil side down, on the Panini press. Place corned beef, 2 Tbl spoons sauerkraut and 1 slice of Swiss cheese on each side of bread. Cover with remaining 4 slices of bread, olive oil side up. Close Panini press. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until desired brownness.

Makes 4 sandwiches

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Chicken Quesadilla

4 flour tortillas

2 cups chicken, cooked and chopped, divided into 4 servings

½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat Panini press. Fold tortilla in half. Place on Panini press. Insert chicken and 2 Tbl spoons cheese in tortilla. Close Panini press. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese melts. Remove from press and cut into 3 triangles. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Makes 4 quesadillas.

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Easy Fruit Turnovers

1 can refrigerator crescent rolls

1 can fruit pie filling

½ cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat Panini press. Open refrigerator crescent rolls and cut into four oblong pieces. Place one piece of dough onto Panini press/ Close Panini press. Cook 1 to 2 minutes. Open press and top with fruit pie filling. Lower top of Panini press and lock cover to rest above turnover. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes to warm the fruit. Repeat with additional dough and pie filling. Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over turnovers. Cut turnovers in half.

Makes 8 servings.

 

It's time for some recipes, isn't it?

Turkey Club

8 slices Italian bread

¼ lb. deli turkey slices divided into 4 servings

½ cup BBQ sauce

8 slices tomato

8 bacon strips, cooked

4 slices cheddar cheese

1/2 cup sautéed onions (optional)

Olive oil

Preheat Panini press. Spread olive oil on one side of each slice of bread. Place 4 slices of bread, oil side down, on the Panini press. Place turkey, 2 slices of tomatoes, 2 strips of bacon, one piece of cheddar cheese, 2 Tbl spoon sautéed onions and BBQ sauce on each slice of bread. Cover with remaining 4 slices of bread, olive oil side up. Close Panini press. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until desired brownness.

Makes 4 sandwiches.

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Italian Hero

8 slices Italian bread

¼ lb. deli ham, divided into 4 servings

¼ lb. deli salami, divided into 4 servings

¼ lb/ of deli turkey, didided into 4 servings

4 slices provolone cheese

8 green pepper rings

8 slices tomato

Olive oil

Preheat Panini press. Spread olive oil on one side of each slice of bread. Place 4 slices of bread, oil side down, on the Panini press. Place ham, salami, turkey, 1 slice provolone cheese, 2 green pepper rings anf 2 slices tomatoes on each slice of bread. Cover with remaining 4 slices of bread, olive oil side up. Close Panini press. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until desired brownness.

Makes 4 sandwiches

My 10 minutes lunch today

I prefer to use whole grain oat nut bread
I prefer to use whole grain oat nut bread
This time I put just a fried egg, tomato, parsley and mayo
This time I put just a fried egg, tomato, parsley and mayo
It was my lunch today
It was my lunch today
When you are done, just wipe the grill and fold it for convenient storage
When you are done, just wipe the grill and fold it for convenient storage

Israeli Bagel Toast

I can’t help mentioning a Bagel Toast, a famous modern Israeli snack made from a very large, smashed, toasted bagel filled with cheeses and vegetables, sometimes tuna and corn and grilled on a Sandwich toaster. Bagel toast is commonly filled with white, yellow, or feta cheese, green olives, corn, tomatoes, and mayo and ketchup, or a spicy sauce.

It is one of my favorite dishes, besides Israeli salads, falafel and shwarma.

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    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR

      ReuVera 

      9 years ago from USA

      Thank you, prasetio for your nice comment. You should try it, it's so good!

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks for share. great recipes. nice to try.

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR

      ReuVera 

      9 years ago from USA

      Thank you for visiting here, Sasha's mom. You cutie is something special.

      And you are right, Panini press can make even pizza. In this case, after grilling the pizza's base, you put the toppings and lock the top (the cover) of the press above pizza surface.

    • chicamom85 profile image

      chicamom85 

      9 years ago

      My husband got me a panini maker for Christmas and I love it. I am a grilled cheese nut but I have used it for so many things.

      Thanks for visiting Sasha

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR

      ReuVera 

      9 years ago from USA

      I lived in Israel for 10 years and will live there again some day. I never tried turkey bacon either...would like to try it too.

      It is interesting that Jewish farmers can raise pigs for commercial needs, but can't eat pork. Though, now many things changed in Israel and pork can be found these days in Israeli shop markets, in non-kosher places of course. Like, as I've mentioned, Russian shops, also in Tiv-Taam non-kosher supermarket chain.

    • ratcliffe07 profile image

      ratcliffe07 

      9 years ago

      ah, i still thought you were in Israel. I never found it once there. Never had turkey bacon either but I would like to try it

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR

      ReuVera 

      9 years ago from USA

      haha, turkey bacon, LOL, I like it. I live in WI, bacon is in abundance here. In Israel you can find it too, in Russian shops, for example.

    • ratcliffe07 profile image

      ratcliffe07 

      9 years ago

      hey bacon??? Sorry, but what part of Israel do you live in and where did you find bacon??? I could never find it anywhere! Not that or ham or any part of the pig....wait is it turkey bacon?

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR

      ReuVera 

      9 years ago from USA

      Thanks, Vladimir.

      Thanks, Sarah. If you felt this way, my hub was successful. LOL

    • sjk6101983 profile image

      sjk6101983 

      9 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      oh man, I just ate dinner, and now, I want to eat again! haha! thanks! =)

    • Vladimir Uhri profile image

      Vladimir Uhri 

      9 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Reuvera, nice hub.

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